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OK2Ask'®: Organizational Tools for You, Your Classroom, and Your Students - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Get organized using the many organizational resources offered at TeachersFirst....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Get organized using the many organizational resources offered at TeachersFirst. Explore resources to share with your students to help them stay organized. Find tools to use in your classroom (or on your website) to keep the entire class organized. And explore many resources to keep yourself organized both professionally and even personally. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 10 organization resources on TeachersFirst. Participants will explore organizational tools for students and teachers, explore and practice with selected resources, and investigate and discuss ideas offered in reviews and by other participants. (Follow-up) Individuals will implement one of the provided resources or ideas to use with students or themselves. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): organizational skills (97)

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Find new strategies and techniques to organize your classroom, your students, and yourself! Explore the various tools shared. Share some of your favorite sites on your class wiki or website. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Great Ideas October 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons,...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time and envision new ways for students to learn using the tools of the web. Participants will be encouraged to seek specific solutions and ask questions to meet their own classroom needs. It's OK2Ask'®. This session for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students. Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students. Evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation. Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation by exploring TeachersFirst and/or asking live questions during the session. (Follow-up) Use the features of TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

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Learn more about TeacherFirst and all of our FREE features. This session gives a wonderful overview of the entire site of approximately 16,000 resources. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Google 6-Part Series (Part 1): The Top View of Google - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the "Top View" of Google. Learn more about various services owned...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from October 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore the "Top View" of Google. Learn more about various services owned by Google. Explore Images, YouTube in the Classroom, using Gmail in the classroom, Google Calendar, and MORE! Participants will have time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. It's OK2Ask'®. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore several of the various educational services available from Google for use in the classroom. They will browse and explore the benefits of using YouTube'® for education. Participants will learn timesaving features of Google Calendar and Gmail and explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google's offerings. For follow-up, individuals will be able to create a lesson for your own teaching situation using one of the Google services or tools. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d. ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): calendars (40), organizational skills (97)

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Explore Google From the TOP! Learn about strategies to use Gmail in the classroom. Explore the Google Calendar and TeachersFirst's reviews that can be used with Google Calendar. Find ways to SAVE TIME using google. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Differentiating for ALL students - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn ways to differentiate your teaching for all of your students using...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn ways to differentiate your teaching for all of your students using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore tools to help differentiate in all subject areas and at all levels. Participants will explore the differentiation section on TeachersFirst. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 10 differentiation resources on TeachersFirst. Explore the differentiation pages and resources offered on TeachersFirst. Explore and practice with selected resources. Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants. (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): differentiation (27)

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Find new strategies and techniques to differentiate for all of the students in your classroom. Explore various tools for language skills, focus, organization, differentiation, and more. Share some of your favorite sites on your class wiki or website. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Specialized for Special Needs - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from September 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore tools to help students needing emotional support, learning support, speech/language support, autistic support, ESL assistance, and more. Find resources that promote organization, focus, and differentiated learning. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 10 specialized resources on TeachersFirst. Explore and practice with selected resources. Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants. List and discuss other curriculum related projects or activities that could be done using the resources in the teacher's own teaching situation. (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): autism (20), differentiation (27), learning disability (13), organizational skills (97)

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Find new strategies and techniques to use for the special needs in your classroom. Explore various tools for language skills, focus, organization, differentiation, and more. Share some of your favorite sites with families on your class wiki or website. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®:Skype: Bring the World Into Your Classroom August 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to explore and energize your classroom through the...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to explore and energize your classroom through the use of Skype. Participants will view and explore resources for understanding and learning about Skype as well as explore ideas for immediate and future classroom activities. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask,"'¢. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 6-10 Skype resources located on TeachersFirst. Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in the reviews and by other teachers in this online session. List possible curriculum-related projects or activities that students could do in his/her classes using one of these resources. Explore and practice with the resource(s) of choice. (Follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a,b,and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and d,4c and d, 5a. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

tag(s): skype (15)

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Bring Skype into your classroom. Learn about some great ideas and sites to use in your classroom with Skype. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here
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OK2Ask'®: Guilty about Gifted August 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Move beyond feeling guilty. Experienced gifted teachers will share technology...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Move beyond feeling guilty. Experienced gifted teachers will share technology resources to differentiate, foster creativity, help with organization and focus, and encourage digital collaboration in this fast-paced session. Nourish gifted needs while maintaining your sanity. Discover resources available at TeachersFirst. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask'®. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Use TeachersFirst to find tools to differentiate academic content for gifted students in their regular classroom. Locate web-based resources that promote creative thinking in gifted students. Explore opportunities for collaboration among gifted peers. Envision the use of personalized "Me Portfolios." View tools that improve students' organizational skills and facilitate classroom management. (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): gifted (82)

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Got gifted students? Then this is a must-see session for you! Learn new ways to help both the student (and yourself) stay organized. Find sites to increase creativity, advance students, and offer enrichment. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Common Core Math Ideas K-8 August 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen teaching of Common Core...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen teaching of Common Core Math Standards in the classroom. Participants will view and explore new resources for lesson planning, student use, and collaboration with a focus on understanding and developing math concepts as well as the use of writing in the math classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 10-15 math resources located on TeachersFirst. Investigate and discuss lesson ideas, student resources, and Common Core resources offered in the reviews and by other teachers in this online session. List possible curriculum-related projects or activities that students could do in his/her classes using one of these resources. Explore and practice with the resource(s) of choice. (Follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a,b,c,and d, 2a, b, c, and d, 3b,c and d, 5a. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

tag(s): commoncore (50)

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Have you gone Common Core in your classroom? Explore these fabulous math sites to meet your Common Core standards. Many of these sites would be useful in any math classroom, even one not following Common Core. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®:Common Core Literacy Ideas (Grades K-8) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Get to the "Core" of literacy in your K-8 classroom using TeachersFirst...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from August 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Get to the "Core" of literacy in your K-8 classroom using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore resources that help develop key literacy skills and address Common Core standards. Resources that promote collaboration and individual skill work will be shared. Participants will explore and discuss how resources can be utilized in their own classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL Technology Comfort Levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 6 -10 literacy resources on TeachersFirst. Explore and practice with the suggested resources. Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants in the session. List and discuss curriculum projects or activities their students could do with their chosen resources. (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and d, 2a, b, and c, 3b and c, 5a. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): commoncore (50)

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Has your school gone Common Core? Learn more about literacy for grades K-8 during this webinar. Learn about great sites that help you meet and implement the Common Core ELA standards. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: School Year KickOff July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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Kickoff your school-year right with the ideas shared in this recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014. It opens in Adobe Connect. Discover all of...more
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Kickoff your school-year right with the ideas shared in this recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014. It opens in Adobe Connect. Discover all of the "ready to go" resources available at TeachersFirst. Explore the Professional Resources, TeachersFirst Exclusives, and some of our favorite back to school "time savers." Find inspiration for new teaching strategies in this fast-paced session! This session is appropriate for teachers at all levels of technology comfort. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various Professional Resources available at TeachersFirst: differentiating, rubrics, working with parents, wikis, blogs, and more! Browse and explore the various ready to go lesson plans and units created by TeachersFirst. Find some back to school time savers for both students and teachers. Have free exploration time to find materials relevant to his/her classroom needs. (Follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Or plan how to use the professional resources to prepare for the new school year. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): back to school (38)

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Set your gears in motion for a great school-year. Learn about many hot topics such as differentiation, blogs, wikis, BYOD (bring your own device) classrooms, and more. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Great Timesavers July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the new ways to find resources on TeachersFirst to help you save time. Participants will also learn the value of FREE TeachersFirst membership and how to find and use the tools available to members. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students. Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students. Evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation. Locate and use the many tools available to TeachersFirst members. (Follow-up) Use the features of FREE TeachersFirst membership to maximize student learning and parental communication while saving time. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

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Learn more about the benefits of FREE TeachersFirst membership. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: QR codes in the Classroom July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you noticed those funny little black squares everywhere and wondered...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you noticed those funny little black squares everywhere and wondered what they are? QR Codes allow users to access and share information quickly. Come learn the many ways that QR Codes can be used to increase student engagement in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Learn what QR Codes are and what they can do. Learn how to create and share them. Learn how QR codes can be used in the classroom. Browse and explore the various TF resources and create a QR code to share finds. Prerequisites: Must know how to download, name, and save a file from a web page. Must pre-install a QR code reader APP on your smartphone, iTouch, or tablet and have it with you during this session. I-Nigma Reader (free) - http://www.i-nigma.com/Downloadi-nigmaReader.html, Quick Mark (free) - http://www.quickmark.cn/En/basic/downloadMain.asp, Quick Scan ($.99) - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quick-scan-pro-qr-barcode/id447752317?mt=8 Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

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Learn more about that "funny black square" and ways to use it in your classroom. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Great Ideas July, 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time and envision new ways for students to learn using the tools of the web. Participants will be encouraged to seek specific solutions and ask questions to meet their own classroom needs. It's OK2Ask '''®. This session for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students. Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students. Evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation. Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation by exploring TeachersFirst and/or asking live questions during the session. (Follow-up) Use the features of TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

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Learn more about TeacherFirst and all of our FREE features. This session gives a wonderful overview of the entire site of approximately 16,000 resources. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®:Building Ethical Digital Citizens (including Copyright images) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness of their digital footprint. Explore opportunities to teach ethical uses of online resources: citing, fair use of copyrighted/creative common images. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is appropriate for teachers at beginner/intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Browse and explore sample class policies to develop your own student-centered, safe classroom policy. Explore resources and ideas to build student awareness of their digital footprint. Learn strategies to help students understand ethical use of online resources, such as citing and fair use of copyrighted/creative commons images. Discuss strategies to develop positive student "netiquette." (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom or position using one of the tools or strategies shared. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1d, 3a, 4a and c, 5d. Please read the full text at ISTE's Standards page. * The text of these standards is copyrighted.

tag(s): creative commons (18), digital citizenship (25)

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View this session to learn how to help your students understand digital citizenship, citing, fair use, and more. Use this webinar to learn more for your own professional (or personal) use. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Juggling the BYOD or 1:1 Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you trying to "juggle" the BYOD or 1:1 classroom? Join this session to...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you trying to "juggle" the BYOD or 1:1 classroom? Join this session to explore resources for the management of assignments, resources for students to use on their devices, and more. Whether you already part of a 1:1 (or BYOD) program or plan to implement one soon, this session is certain to help. Share ideas and experiences with others to shift a traditional classroom to a 1:1 experience. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore TeachersFirst, evaluating resources and original content to find ideas to use in your BYOD/1:1 classroom. Search and share resources and experiences for the management of activities and other concerns. Find and exchange ideas, challenges, and solutions with others through live discussion (via chat) during the session. Explore ideas and resources for students' "tech toolbox" including reviewed, device agnostic tools, well suited for BYOD or 1:1 classrooms. (Follow-Up) Use selected solutions from this session and/or TeachersFirst resources to implement new strategies/resources in an upcoming lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): classroom management (85)

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Teaching in a 1-1 classroom or BYOD (bring your own device) setting? Learn about ways to make your life easier. Hear interviews from experienced BYOD (or 1-1) teachers. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Go Google - Templates, Docs, and YouTube July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore some of the many Google templates that are ready to go and FREE....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore some of the many Google templates that are ready to go and FREE. Learn about templates designed specifically for education: Student Evaluations, Lesson Plans, Student Schedules, Project Planners, and countless others. Participants will have time to explore and begin to create their own document using one of the ready-made templates. Learn how to organize your own Google Drive/Docs. Learn ways to use YouTube in the classroom (even if it is blocked in your school). A question/answer period will also be available. Prerequisite: All participants MUST have a Google account. This session is appropriate for teachers at the intermediate technology comfort level. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various educational resources available using Google Templates. Browse and explore the ready-made templates. Select useful templates and begin their own personalized project. Learn useful tips to use YouTube in the classroom. Explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google templates. (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the templates shared. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's Standard page

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Learn how Google Docs and templates can help you in your own classroom (and your students). Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'® Go Google - Searching, Gmail, Google Maps July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Gmail, Google Calendar, Super Searching on Google, Google Maps, and...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Gmail, Google Calendar, Super Searching on Google, Google Maps, and more. Explore ways to safely use Gmail in class. Learn how to use Google Calendar to get organized. Explore the world using Google Maps. Familiarize yourself with Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. Prerequisite: All participants MUST have a Google account. This session is for teachers at Beginner to Intermediate Technology Comfort Levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Find ways to incorporate both Google Calendar and Gmail in your classroom/position. Browse and explore Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more. Learn about and navigate around Google Maps. (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the Google tools shared.

Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

tag(s): map skills (75), maps (244), organizational skills (97), search engines (58), search strategies (23)

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Get organized this year with Google Calendar. Learn about using gmail in your classroom. Take your students on a trip around the world - make them learn while they are having fun exploring! The possibilities are endless! Save yourself time searching using some of these search secrets shared during this session. Learn about search tools appropriate for even the youngest elementary students. Take a look at the resource page full of MANY great sites and ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Nourishing Gifted Through Technology in Any Classroom - Melissa Henning and Candace Hackett Shively

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These pages, originally the support pages for a presentation at the ISTE conference 2014, offer resources, tools, and tips to nourish the needs of gifted in your classroom, along with...more
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These pages, originally the support pages for a presentation at the ISTE conference 2014, offer resources, tools, and tips to nourish the needs of gifted in your classroom, along with sanity savers to organize your multitasking class and your oftentimes "scattered" gifted learners. Find a multitude of reviewed tools, resources, and connections available via technology, so gifted students can work with differentiated academic content, leverage technology to foster their creativity, join in digital collaborations to extend the curriculum through individual interests, and even establish digital "me-portfolios." Start with the Helpful Background, basics about gifted students, and move through several pages to help you plan appropriate activities for your gifted students-- and help them be involved in the planning, as well. The authors of this article are both experienced teachers of gifted, so their suggestions are based on practical experience, not just "theory."

tag(s): differentiation (27), gifted (82)

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Mark these pages in your Favorites as a reference whenever you have gifted students. These students may or may not be officially identified, but sometimes trying these strategies will save you and the student a lot of frustration. When it comes time to offer choices, share the handpicked tool collections in this article with your gifted students so they have a solid place to start. For more ideas about gifted, try the gifted tag in reviews, use a keyword search including the term "gifted," or browse for the subject "Gifted" in the TeachersFirst Subject/Grade pages.

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OK2Ask'®: Ready, Set, Summer May 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Find ways for both you and your students to stay fresh during the summer....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Find ways for both you and your students to stay fresh during the summer. Learn about some "Summer Sparklers" to share with your students and explore many timesaving tools for yourself: professional resources, communication and organization tools, plus classroom ideas. A question/answer period will be available. It's OK2Ask'®. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at all technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various Professional Resources available at TeachersFirst: differentiating, professional development, time saving tools, latest tech for teaching, and more; Browse and explore the various ready to go activities for students to "stay fresh"; Locate materials relevant to his/her professional challenges or students' needs; (Follow-up) Find and use resources for both teachers and students to refresh and learn over the summer. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page

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Keep you and your students fresh during the summer using the fabulous resources shared during this session. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Gifted Resources Galore April 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn new ways to meet the needs of your gifted students. Participants will...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn new ways to meet the needs of your gifted students. Participants will view and explore tools that offer enrichment, advancement, differentiation, promote organization and focus, and more. There will be a question/answer period to meet individual challenges. Use exploration time to discover and discuss TeachersFirst resources available to use with gifted students. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at all technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 6 -10 specialized resources on TeachersFirst; Explore and practice with selected resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants; List and discuss other curriculum related projects or activities that could be done using the resources in the teacher's own teaching situation; Have individual questions/concerned addressed by both our experienced Gifted/Talented specialists and other participants; and (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. Please read the full text at ISTE's page

tag(s): gifted (82), organizational skills (97)

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Having a hard time finding materials to enrich and advance your gifted students? Explore (and share) the many resources from this site. Share the organization tips/sites with your students. Share these resources on your class website for both students and parents to access. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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